A Note from our Executive Director
Charitable foundations are uniquely positioned to take the long view, follow their principles instead of the prevailing trends, and pursue meaningful projects whose true value may only be apparent years or decades later.
Those same ideals defined W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody even before they established the Moody Foundation in 1942 as a way to share their good fortune and to make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Over the years, the Moody Foundation has made more than $1.2 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured, and inspired generations of Texans.
The Moody Foundation has had a role in building many fine universities, hospitals, museums and libraries. We created Moody Gardens to help sustain the economic well-being of Galveston, and Shearn Moody Plaza for our fellow non-profit organizations. We founded the Transitional Learning Center as a way to promote research, foster understanding, teach life skills, and offer dignity to those with the devastating effects of brain injury.
I’m proud to say that W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody were my great-grandparents, and even more proud that the Moody Foundation continues to be led by their founding mission: to be of benefit to present and future Texans.
“I don’t know if my great-grandparents could have possibly imagined the enormous good their generosity would accomplish, but I do know for certain that today the Moody Foundation continues to be led by their philanthropic vision and guided by their founding mission, to be of benefit to present and future Texans.”